What Are the Best Essential Oils To Use When You Have a Cold?
Cold season is here, and if you’re dreading the inevitable spike in sinus congestion and other cold-related symptoms, you’re not alone. On average, most adultsget two to three colds per year, and most of them occur in the cold winter months. Children tend to get colds more often than adults. If you’re wondering how to manage your symptoms this year, essential oils may be the ideal solution. Here are a few of the best Young Living essential oils to use when you feel the first unmistakable signs of a developing cold.
Many people love the woody, slightly sweet scent of cedarwood. But this popular essential oil can do so much more than make your living room smell great. It can help relieve wintertime coughing, too. Cedarwood oil helps to clear the lungs by loosening mucous so you can cough it up. It also helps bring relief to congested nasal passages.
Like cedarwood, Frankincense oil loosens mucous for easier expulsion. It’s effective when used by itself, but even more effective when used in combination with cedarwood oil or other Young Living essential oils.
Peppermint is typically associated with candy canes, not colds. But when it comes to fighting off the sniffles, peppermint oil is a very effective tool. It contains menthol, which helps relieve congestion and is found in many over-the-counter topical decongestant oils. Studies also show that peppermint has antiviral properties.
Studies show that eucalyptus oil can support normal respiratory expectoration. In simpler terms, the oil can help loosen mucous in airways so you can breathe easier. The scent of eucalyptus is very soothing and can calm your mind and body when you’ve fallen ill to a cold.
Tea tree oil (also known as melaleuca) is one of the most popular Young Living essential oils. It is known to have strong anti-inflammation properties. It also has antiviral, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, which makes it an essential component of any cold-fighting routine.
Having trouble sleeping due to swollen sinuses? Lavender is one of the most calming essential oils you can buy. A dab or two of diluted lavender oil on your chest or in the crease of your pillowcase may be just what you need to get some much-needed rest when you’re fighting off a raging cold.
In addition to the Young Living essential oils already mentioned, citrus oils can help reinvigorate your mind and body when you’re sick. You can apply diluted oils directly to your skin, massage them into your muscles or diffuse them into the air. Be sure to avoid sensitive tissues such as those found in your nose, mouth and eyes.